Brad Pitt


Pitt in 2008, cinemafestival /

Birth Name: William Bradley Pitt

Place of Birth: Shawnee, Oklahoma, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 18, 1963

Ethnicity: English, smaller amounts of Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, German, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish, remote Swedish, Dutch, French, Cornish, and Channel Islander/Jersey

Brad Pitt is an American actor and film producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019). He has also starred in the films Cutting Class, Thelma & Louise, A River Runs Through It, Kalifornia, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, Legends of the Fall, Se7en, 12 Monkeys, Fight Club, Ocean’s Eleven (2011), and its sequels; Troy, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Babel, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Burn After Reading, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Inglourious Basterds, The Tree of Life, Moneyball, World War Z, 12 Years a Slave, Fury, The Big Short, and Bullet Train. He co-founded production company Plan B Entertainment.

He was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, the son of Jane Etta (Hillhouse), a school counselor, and William Alvin “Bill” Pitt, a trucking company proprietor, and was raised in Springfield, Missouri. He was raised a Baptist, but no longer practices the religion. Brad has six children with his former wife, actress, humanitarian, and activist Angelina Jolie. His brother is businessperson and philanthropist Douglas Pitt. Brad was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1995, and again in 2000.

Brad’s family has lived in the United States for many generations. Brad’s documented ancestry is mostly English, with some Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, small amounts of German, including Alsatian German, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish, and remote Swedish, Dutch, French, Cornish, and Channel Islander/Jersey.

During an interview on Inside the Actors Studio, 2012, Brad stated that his ancestry is:

…probably… Irish-Scots, Germans who settled in the area… Native American Indian… I know we have some Seminole, and some Cherokee Indian, in us.

No Cherokee or Seminole Native American ancestors have been documented in publicly available family trees of Brad Pitt. While he did not mention English ancestry, English comprises much of Brad’s lineage.

Brad was a third cousin, once removed, of actor Tyler Christopher. Brad’s paternal great-great-grandparents, George W. Dorris/Doris and Nancy Rosalee/Rosalene Smith, were also Tyler’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents.

Brad’s paternal grandfather was Alvin Monroe Pitt (the son of Oliver Brown Pitt and Rosalee “Rosie”/Rosa Lee Dorris). Alvin was born in Oklahoma. Oliver was the son of Thomas M. Pitt and Bell Ray. Rosa was the daughter of George W. Dorris/Doris and Nancy Rosalee/Rosalene Smith.

Brad’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Jean “Bettie” Brown (the daughter of Lester Benny Brown and Una Valerie Coker). Elizabeth was born in Oklahoma. Lester was the son of George W. Brown and Cynthia Martin. Una was the daughter of Richard Ogle Coker, whose father was a Christian minister, and of Laura Trotter.

Brad’s maternal grandfather was Hal Knox Hillhouse (the son of Emery/Emory A. Hillhouse and Etta Coleman/Colemon/Colman Williams). Hal was born in Mount Vernon, Lawrence, Missouri. Emery was the son of Elijah Boyd Hillhouse, Jr. and Malinda/Melinda Burrel/Burrell Morris. Etta was the daughter of Henry Thomas “Hy” Williams and Ida Mae/May Isbell.

Brad’s maternal grandmother was Clara Mae Bell (the daughter of Finis Alonzo/Alonza Bell and Lenora Jane “Nora” Hammer). Clara was born in Missouri. Finis was the son of William Saterfield/Satterfield Bell and Sarah Elizabeth “Lizzie” Neece. Lenora was the daughter of Felix Emery Hammer and Sarah Angeline Parker. Brad’s seven times great-grandfather, John Johannes Hammer, was born, c. 1683, in Libesia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Sources: Genealogies of Brad Pitt –

Genealogy of Brad’s father (focusing on his own father’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

322 Responses

  1. anoon says:

    Guys, i think i found a lookalike. Probably the only guy in existence that resembles brad pitt at least a bit.

  2. anoon says:

    He is very distinct from other blondes. People like Chris Hemsworth, Leonardo Dicaprio or Scandinavians, despite, the blonde hair blue eyes, do not look similar one bit. As for having predominantly British isle ancestry it is strange. Henry Cavill looks extremely British, Tom Hemsworth looks extremely British. You could guess they are English without searching it up. Brad Pitt not at all …..I was surprised to see English as the majority. They generally have thin lips and they don’t have his type of jaw. Pitt has very full features. The ‘Anglo’- face is very different and he doesn’t have it. Scandinavians also don’t look like him. He has a very White American face, they usually have fuller mouths and the tan. Before looking up the ancestry if I had to guess I would have said that he was mostly of dutch and northern german ancestry. But even then you hardly find Brad Pitts there. I do know it’s about phenotype rather than ethnicity… but an enigma indeed. Maybe that just how his genetics manifested.
    I can’t think of one person that has even a slight resemblance to him. The slight ruggedness with the dimples, the lips, jaw, forehead, the eye-area and eyes itself – he has such a rare face. Why does no one look like him !!!

    • Nathan M says:

      I love how you know our (English) features that we all have.. I am blonde blue eyed and don’t have thin lips you must think everyone looks the same lol

      • anoon says:

        Not everyone. Just generally, isn’t that true ? I believe that you don’t have thin lips but I think you are part of the exceptions.

      • anoon says:

        @Nathan M I live in England so I am familiar with the appearances and features of the people. Maybe it depends on region. I’d sure love to see good-looking, attractive, well mannered English guys without the vulgar lad culture, once in a while. Some attraction would make my days more exciting

        Judging by your comments, I assume that you … well – I’m imagining that you are good-looking. Non-thin lips , deep-set blue eyes, a hot jawline (?), tall (?). This is generally not so common, so you must be popular. It is more common in White-Americans and Canadians. Compare the English football team to Canadian hockey teams. The difference is crazy. White- Canadian men tend to be quite gorgeous for some reason. I am curious if there is a known person that resembles your looks, so I could analyse.

        I do notice that english guys are more likely to have pretty, sloped noses – more delicate than other Germanics and Slavic peoples and certainly more delicate and appealing than mine. Softer features. In comparison to certain english guys my nose is terrible and guys are meant to have the more masculine features !

        But only about 25% of English people have Anglo-Saxon ancestry and the ancestry has become more distant. The rest do not have Anglo ancestry. That’s why its confusing when British refer to themselves as Anglo-Saxon, who were basically Danes and North Germans.

        Since you are blonde (which doesn’t dictate attractiveness cause it’s just a colour, I do prefer brown hair on men anyways ) , if it’s the proper, light blonde that I’m imagining, then are you from East England? I went there once, long time ago, … it was the first time I’d see blonde and tall, broad, (blue-eyed) men.

    • andrew says:

      I get what you mean. Pitt has a Germanic phenotype. Have you heard Nathan Meads in news so far? He is an English dude who makes a living after his resemblance with Pitt.

      • anoon says:

        @andrew I have heard ! Does he actually get paid for impersonating Pitt I do think that Brad’s brother looks more related to him than this guy. Even though Brad’s brother looks very different, he’s brunette aswell – their facial shape is the same except Brad is more chiselled and has lower body fat. Whereas Nathan Meads has similar separate features and colouring of hair eyes skin but doesn’t have the broad full jaw, and upper face as well – kind of different looking skulls and skin. Brad’s brother … you can just tell they were born from the same parents.

      • anoon says:

        Even phenotypes can be mixed. I think it looks better that way.
        Keltic nordid is very characteristic of british people
        Nordic people can have long, narrow faces – (Halstatt, East Nordid/Aisto Nordid) or they can have faelid influence.

        Some people classify on the internet:
        I’ve looked up Swedish model Christian Laarson and he can be classified as tronder + faelid.
        German actor Jürgen Prochnow – Faelid & North Atlantid
        Casper Van Dien – Atlantid & Nordid/Faelid

  3. is berry says:

    He is English

  4. andrew says:


    who’s Brad’s Swedish ancestor?

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